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USS Hidalgo (AK-189)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - November - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2120) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
Launched, 28 July 1944
Commissioned USS Hidalgo (AK-189), 4 August 1945, at Galveston, TX., LT. John W. Thompson, USNR in command
Decommissioned, 26 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Stuck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
Sold in 1947 to the Republic of Turkey for $693,862.00, passed to Deniz Nakliyati T.A.O., Turkey, reflagged Turkish and renamed MV Rize
MV Rize with her sister ships MV Malatya [ex-USS Bullock (AK-165)], MV Kars [ex-USS Antrim (AK-159]. and
MV Kastamonu [ex-USS Criaghead (AK-175) provided regular service between Turkey and Northern Europe for approximately 15 years
Final Disposition, scrapped in August 1982 at Aliaga, Turkey
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel TSM6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,750shp
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||Ex-USS Hidalgo (AK-189) as the Turkish cargo vessel MV Rize in Turkish waters, date and location.
||MV Rize underway, circa 1960, during the time this ship and three sisterships were still employed in the Northern Europe - Turkey trade.
USS Hidalgo (AK-189)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Thompson, John William, USNR||4 August 1945 - 26 April 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 29 August 2014
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